Facts About Australia
There are three hundred and fifty endemic birds here, including
the kookaburra, which laughs full-throatedly at any tourist's face.
Six out of ten of the world's most dangerous snakes can be found
in Australia. The blue-ringed octopus has three hearts, there
is always a spare. Barking spiders are tarantulas with a reputation
of having a crueler bite. Do not trust invertebrates, the box
jellyfish is the most dangerous stinger in the country. The rule is:
The more entrancing it is, the more dangerous. Her devils
are kept in Tasmania. Beware of false parasols. Even the mushrooms
hold grudges. I wonder about her hostility; Australia floated so far,
when they found her again she was a different person. She set up her Great
Barrier. Aborigines conduct smoking ceremonies, and boab trees are shaped
like wine bottles. I took a swig, and I found myself in Australia. I think
she found herself here too: There was Pangaea before the drift. That broke
in two, and what remained of Gondwana wrapped itself in a blanket
of seas, raced past the equator. Mount Warning is shaped like a sharp
tooth, cutting the sky like a fang. The hike is forty-five kilometers long.
I would issue a warning: We were Pangaea before the drift. That broke
in two, and what you have left sunkissed lies in the great outback,
sunburnt country. I wonder out loud: You handsome fool, how could you
have ever let go of my hand? Because of you, I will never be whole again.
By Regine CabatoQLRS Vol. 13 No. 4 Oct 2014